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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time Audio CD – 4 Feb 2008
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When Dava Sobel's Longitude was published to universal acclaim in 1996, readers voiced only one regret: that it was not illustrated. Now William Andrewes, the man who organised and hosted the Longitude Symposium that inspired her book, has joined Sobel to create a richly illustrated version of her classic story.
The Illustrated Longitude recounts in words and images the epic quest to solve the world's thorniest scientific problem of the 17th and 18th centuries. Throughout the great age of exploration, sailors attempted to navigate the oceans without any means of measuring their longitude. All too often, voyages ended in total disaster when both crew and cargo were captured or lost upon the rocks of an unexpected landfall. Thousands of lives and fortunes of seafaring nations hung on a resolution.
To encourage a solution, governments established major prizes for anyone whose method or device proved successful. The largest reward, of £20,000, was offered by the British Parliament in 1714. The scientific establishment--from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton--had been certain that a celestial answer would be found and invested untold effort in this pursuit. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, imagined and built the unimaginable: a clock that solved the problem by keeping precise time at sea, today called the chronometer. His trials and tribulations to win the prize throughout a 40-year obsession are the culmination of this remarkable story. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘Rarely have I enjoyed a book as much as Dava Sobel's “Longitude”. She has an extraordinary gift of making difficult ideas clear.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Perhaps the most famous book about getting lost since “The Odyssey”.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Dava Sobel has written a gem of a book…one of the best reads for the non-scientific writing to come along for many a moon.’ Financial Times
‘An extraordinary tale of political intrigue and academic back-biting, of intellectual brilliance, and mechanical genius, of heroic endeavours and downright dishonesty…a superb achievement.’ Spectator
‘A true life thriller, jam-packed with political intrigue, international warfare, personal feuds and financial skullduggery.’ Daily Mail
‘In an enthralling gem of a book, Sobel spins an amazing tale of political intrigue, foul play, scientific discovery and personal ambition.’ Publishers Weekly
‘This brief history of time is a fine tribute to a man who changed the world.’ Irish Times
‘Sobel has done the impossible and made horology sexy – no mean feat.’ New Scientist--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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